RESEARCH AND EVALUATION
Who We Are
The role of the Educational Alliance Research and Evaluation team is to support agency programs in generating critical evidence to demonstrate impact, sustain funding, and foster innovation. Our work is deeply rooted in evaluation science and integrates research, practice, and policy to enhance and inform our community-based services. We partner with program staff and participants to create logic models and theories of action; establish goals; implement evidence-based intervention strategies; and provide a cross sector voice for the agency in communicating our experiences with researchers, policymakers, service providers, and the community we serve.
WHAT WE DO
Program evaluation is undertaken to determine the effectiveness of a specific program or intervention, or to answer critical questions about a program. The process involves systematic collection and analysis of information about activities and outcomes. Research is a further, systematic investigation of outcomes to establish facts and reach new conclusions generalizable to our population, or the general population. While “research seeks to prove; evaluation seeks to improve”.
WHY WE STRIVE
As researchers in the non-profit sector, we are dedicated to leveraging data to create a more equitable, diverse, and inclusive community. Our efforts are in pursuit of improving practice and ensuring Educational Alliance goals are reflected in program success. It is integral that this work be collaborative and feasible. Conducting systematic research and evaluation enables Educational Alliance to:
- Provide consistent, best practice programs
- Create knowledge about, and for, our community
- Make informed decisions and plan strategically
- Provide accountability to our stakeholders, donors and participant